WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — World War II veteran Paul Goodman celebrated his 101st birthday at the Indiana Veterans’ Home Friday.
Goodman served as a fire control man in the Navy during World War II.
After the war, the Bloomington native returned home and had a long career as a cabinet maker and professor at Indiana University.
Family, friends, fellow veterans and even two Pacemates were on hand to wish Goodman a happy birthday.
When asked how it feels to turn 101 years old, Goodman said it was the first time he had ever done it.
“Life is not serious. The only thing serious in life is dying and that’s the last thing I’m going to do,” Goodman said.
In honor of his birthday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s Office presented Goodman with the Distinguished Hoosier Award.
Goodman also received a letter from President Barack Obama when he turned 100 years old.